Take An Unforgettable Drive To The Top Of North Carolina’s Highest Mountain

The highest point in the East was, at one point, debatable. That is, until Elisha Mitchell died in 1857 proving the summit of Mount Mitchell (the name is no coincidence) was the highest peak east of the Mississippi. It’s now a state park where scores of visitors can take in the 360-degree, breathtaking views from the very spot where Mitchell is now laid to rest.

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Mount Mitchell State Park is located at 2388 NC-128, Burnsville, NC 28714. Park admission is free. It’s open year round, but the hours vary by season: November – February: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., March – April: – 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., September – October: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., May – August: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (The park is closed Christmas Day.) Learn more on the official website of North Carolina State Parks.